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A View From American Courts: The Year In Indian Law 2017, Grant Christensen 2018 Seattle University School of Law

A View From American Courts: The Year In Indian Law 2017, Grant Christensen

Seattle University Law Review

This Article provides a comprehensive review of Indian law for 2017. It does not include a citation to every case related to Indian law issued by the courts but tries to incorporate the majority of opinions into its catalog to provide a robust discussion of the changes in Indian law over the course of 2017. Part I of this Article provides some general statistics about Indian law in 2017. Part II focuses on activity at the U.S. Supreme Court, which is the most watched forum for Indian law cases for obvious reasons. Part III groups cases by subject area ...


The State, The Tribe, And The Ugly: The Ninth Circuit Stakes A Bad Claim On Indian Land For Tribal Civil Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers In Window Rock Unified School District V. Reeves, Tyler L. Murphy 2018 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

The State, The Tribe, And The Ugly: The Ninth Circuit Stakes A Bad Claim On Indian Land For Tribal Civil Jurisdiction Over Nonmembers In Window Rock Unified School District V. Reeves, Tyler L. Murphy

Villanova Law Review

No abstract provided.


Indian Nations And The Constitution, Joseph William Singer 2018 University of Maine School of Law

Indian Nations And The Constitution, Joseph William Singer

Maine Law Review

This Constitution Day speech focuses on how the Constitution has been interpreted both to protect and to undermine the sovereignty of Indian nations. The good news is that both the text of the Constitution and the practice of the United States have recognized Indian nations as sovereigns who pre-existed the creation of the United States and who retain their inherent original sovereignty. The bad news is that the Constitution has often been interpreted by the Supreme Court to deny Indian nations protection for their property rights and their sovereignty. Most Americans are not aware of the history of interactions between ...


Tribal Exclusion Authority: Its Sovereign Basis With Recommendations For Federal Support, Jeremy Wood 2018 Seattle University School of Law

Tribal Exclusion Authority: Its Sovereign Basis With Recommendations For Federal Support, Jeremy Wood

American Indian Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Cdib: The Role Of The Certificate Of Degree Of Indian Blood In Defining Native American Legal Identity, Paul Spruhan 2018 Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Cdib: The Role Of The Certificate Of Degree Of Indian Blood In Defining Native American Legal Identity, Paul Spruhan

American Indian Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Native American Rights & Adoption By Non-Indian Families: The Manipulation And Distortion Of Public Opinion To Overthrow Icwa, Harman Bual 2018 Seattle University School of Law

Native American Rights & Adoption By Non-Indian Families: The Manipulation And Distortion Of Public Opinion To Overthrow Icwa, Harman Bual

American Indian Law Journal

No abstract provided.


August 2016 - August 2017 Case Law On American Indians, Thomas P. Schlosser 2018 Seattle University School of Law

August 2016 - August 2017 Case Law On American Indians, Thomas P. Schlosser

American Indian Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Indian Child Welfare Act Annual Case Law Update And Commentary, Kathryn Fort, Adrian T. Smith 2018 Michigan State University College of Law

Indian Child Welfare Act Annual Case Law Update And Commentary, Kathryn Fort, Adrian T. Smith

American Indian Law Journal

There are, on average, 200 appellate cases addressing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) annually—though this number includes published and unpublished opinions. There are usually around thirty reported state appellate court cases involving ICWA issues every year. There has never been a systematic look at the cases on appeal including an analysis of who is appealing, what the primary issues are on appeal, and what trends are present. This article seeks to fill that void.

This article provides a comprehensive catalog of published ICWA jurisprudence from across all fifty states in 2017. Designed as a quick reference for the ...


I See You - A Story From The Haudenosaunee, Simone Anter J.D. 2018 Columbia Riverkeeper

I See You - A Story From The Haudenosaunee, Simone Anter J.D.

American Indian Law Journal

A young Apache woman sits on a bench outside of her university classroom; next to her is a stack of law books. She has just come from the first day of her first-year property class, where the professor lectured about the origins of property law devoid of any mention of Native people. As she sits she notices an individual walking along the sidewalk, towards her. This person wears a baseball hat with the Washington Redskins’ logo embellished on the front, a grotesque caricature of an “Indian.” The person’s attire includes a T-shirt featuring a skull wearing a feathered headdress ...


Congressional Power And Sovereignty In Indian Affairs, Michalyn Steele 2018 SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Congressional Power And Sovereignty In Indian Affairs, Michalyn Steele

Utah Law Review

The doctrine of inherent tribal sovereignty—that tribes retain aboriginal sovereign governing power over people and territory—is under perpetual assault. Despite two centuries of precedential foundation, the doctrine must be defended afresh with each attack. Opponents of the doctrine of tribal sovereignty express skepticism of the doctrine, suggesting that tribal sovereignty is a nullity because it is not unfettered. Some pay lip service to the doctrine while undermining tribes in their exercise of inherent sovereignty. Underlying many of these legal fights is confusion about both the nature of tribal sovereignty and the justifications for its continuing existence. Under current ...


The Negative Effects Of Confusion Over Collateral Agreements Under The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Which Agreements Need Review?, Matthew D. Craig 2018 University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- William S. Boyd School of Law

The Negative Effects Of Confusion Over Collateral Agreements Under The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Which Agreements Need Review?, Matthew D. Craig

UNLV Gaming Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Navajo Nation V. Department Of The Interior, Jaclyn R. Van Natta 2018 Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

Navajo Nation V. Department Of The Interior, Jaclyn R. Van Natta

Public Land and Resources Law Review

In Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior, the Navajo Nation challenged the Department of the Interior’s 2001 and 2008 water allocation guidelines and asserted that under NEPA and the APA the guidelines violated the Navajo Nation’s water rights. The Navajo Nation also asserted a breach of trust claim against the United States. After nearly a decade of attempted settlement negotiations, the Navajo Nation reasserted its complaints. The District Court for the District of Arizona denied the Navajo Nation’s motions, and the Navajo Nation appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined the Navajo Nation ...


The Unseen Harm: U.S.-Indian Relations & Tribal Sovereignty, George Emmons 2018 Golden Gate University School of Law

The Unseen Harm: U.S.-Indian Relations & Tribal Sovereignty, George Emmons

Golden Gate University Law Review

This article explores tribal sovereignty through the lens of the Standing Rock Sioux and its opposition to the DAPL. The DAPL situation is a symptom of the larger problem of a lack of tribal consultation, which diminishes tribal sovereignty and tribal rights.

Part I discusses the history of tribal sovereignty through an explanation of the domestic dependent status of Indian tribes and the two historic canons of Indian treaty interpretation. The Court’s interpretation and application of these canons in the cases of Winters, Dion, and Bourland have a direct relation to the amount of protection given to Indian tribes ...


The Heart Of K'E: Transforming Dine Special Education And Unsettling The Colonial Logics Of Disability, Sandra Yellowhorse 2018 University of New Mexico

The Heart Of K'E: Transforming Dine Special Education And Unsettling The Colonial Logics Of Disability, Sandra Yellowhorse

American Studies ETDs

This paper takes up the roles of ideology and spatiality as they impact Diné students and learners in understanding conceptions of normativity, neuro-diversity and bodily variance. I am concerned with how the movement and creation of Indigenous schools and their praxis still maintain and often times produce settler colonial ideologies of being, personhood, difference and ability. I illustrate the challenges that Diné planners and educators face in entrenching cultural knowledge and language into their educational initiatives, while some of the problematic manifestations and expressions of normativity present themselves through state polices, federal law and mainstream curriculum.

I focus on the ...


Current Issues In Native American Law, Gloria Valencia-Weber, Taiawagi Helton, Paul Frye, Samuel Winder, John Echohawk 2018 University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Current Issues In Native American Law, Gloria Valencia-Weber, Taiawagi Helton, Paul Frye, Samuel Winder, John Echohawk

Gloria Valencia-Weber

Report of the Proceedings of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Transcribed conference panel session: Gloria Valencia-Weber focuses her segment on important language on Indian sovereignty in the Nevada v. Hicks case.


Reimagining Overrepresentation Research: Critical Reflections On Researching The Overrepresentation Of First Nations Children In The Child Welfare System, Vandna Sinha, Ashleigh Delaye, Brittany Orav-Lakaski 2018 School of Social Work, McGill University

Reimagining Overrepresentation Research: Critical Reflections On Researching The Overrepresentation Of First Nations Children In The Child Welfare System, Vandna Sinha, Ashleigh Delaye, Brittany Orav-Lakaski

Journal of Law and Social Policy

This paper builds on the experiences of the first author in doing research on the overrepresentation of First Nations children in child welfare systems in Canada. Six lessons are presented: (1) overrepresentation is an inherently quantitative construct; (2) overrepresentation is an inherently comparative construct; (3) a focus on overrepresentation draws attention to the needs of specific groups, but may obscure the need for broader systemic reform; (4) available data relies on, but incompletely represents, decision-maker perspectives; (5) available data emphasizes point-in-time decisions; and (6) ambiguity in data must be very clearly acknowledged. Building on discussion of these lessons, we explore ...


Tribal Sovereignty And Tobacco Control In State-Tribe Cigarette Compacts, 2018 Brigham Young University Law School

Tribal Sovereignty And Tobacco Control In State-Tribe Cigarette Compacts

BYU Law Review

Compacts are powerful legal tools that states and tribes can use to negotiate agreements. One of the most interesting examples of state-tribe compacts is the cigarette compact, which is useful in combating the illicit cigarette trade. This Note argues that tribal leaders and states can more effectively reach this goal by (1) recognizing tribal sovereignty in and (2) keeping tobacco control at the heart of compact discussions.


Implicit Divestiture Reconsidered: Outtakes From The Cohen's Handbook Cutting-Room Floor, John LaVelle 2018 University of New Mexico

Implicit Divestiture Reconsidered: Outtakes From The Cohen's Handbook Cutting-Room Floor, John Lavelle

John P. LaVelle

The most dramatic development in the field of Indian law during the years between publication of the 1982 and 2005 editions of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law has been the Supreme Court's reliance on a judicially devised theory for denying the inherent sovereign governing authority of Indian nations in cases where Congress has not acted to divest tribes of this authority. The executive committee of the board of authors and editors for the 2005 revision of Cohen's Handbook recognized the importance of discussing this recent line of cases in-depth and entrusted me with the task of ...


Petitioner's Brief - Reargument Of Oliphant V. Suquamish Indian Tribe, John LaVelle 2018 University of New Mexico

Petitioner's Brief - Reargument Of Oliphant V. Suquamish Indian Tribe, John Lavelle

John P. LaVelle

Does the Suquamish Indian Tribe possess inherent sovereign power to exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians alleged to have committed misdemeanor crimes within the boundaries of the tribe's own reservation in violation of the Suquamish Law and Order Code?


Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty Through Indian Participation In American Politics: A Reply To Professor Porter, John LaVelle 2018 Selected Works

Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty Through Indian Participation In American Politics: A Reply To Professor Porter, John Lavelle

John P. LaVelle

A rebuttal to Porter's recent article The Demise of the Ongwehoweh and the Rise ofthe Native Americans: Redressing the Genocidal Act of Forcing American Citizenship upon Indigenous Peoples


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